David Kim is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student at Princeton University majoring in Molecular Biology. At the age of three he began studying piano with his mother, and at the age of ten he began studying the cello.
Throughout high school and college, he was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, joining the orchestra in 2015 for their inaugural tour of Asia. In the summer of 2016, he served as principal cellist of NYO-USA for their European tour, under the baton of Valery Gergiev and Christoph Eschenbach with soloists Emanuel Ax and Denis Matsuev. The following year, he served as assistant principal cellist under the direction of Marin Alsop for NYO-USA’s first tour of Latin America.
As a member and alumnus of the National Youth Orchestra, he has performed in workshops and masterclasses with distinguished soloists and principal cellists of major orchestras, including Janine Jansen, Tamás Varga of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Brinton Smith of the Houston Symphony, and John Sharp of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
During his time at Princeton, he has been a member of the Princeton University Orchestra, Princeton Chamber Orchestra, Princeton University Glee Club and Chamber Choir, Princeton University Chapel Choir, Princeton Roaring 20 (a co-ed a cappella group), Opus (Princeton’s Chamber Music Society), La Vie en Cello (Princeton’s cello ensemble), and the Princeton University Rock Ensemble.